Revolutionary Road Synopsis
Two suburbanites in 1950s Connecticut become stuck in an increasingly stifling life.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
The best American film of 2008.
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
DiCaprio is in peak form, bringing layers of buried emotion to a defeated man. And the glorious Winslet defines what makes an actress...
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
The best thing about Revolutionary Road, a cool-blooded and disquieting adaptation of Richard Yates' 1961 novel about a powerfully unhappy...
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New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
As a whole, Sam Mendes' film of Revolutionary Road comes close but falls short of capturing Richard Yates' terrific novel.
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By Bob Mondello
Director Sam Mendes makes '50s suburbia a persuasively suffocating place — he did the same for '90s suburbia in "American Beauty," remember.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
When the tobacco is extinguished what comes between April and Frank Wheeler is bigger, colder and more formidable than the iceberg that...
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
It's not quite up to the caliber of Richard Yates' novel, which is deeply nuanced and rich in subtext. But the performances are superb, and...
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Maybe it's a cheap shot to call Revolutionary Road "American Beauty" without the laughs, but it gets to the heart of the problem.
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
In "Virginia Woolf," George and Martha are locked into a symbiotic, disturbingly needy relationship that absolutely feed off their acidic...
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
The movie is stifling, all right, and depressing in the bargain.
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REVOLUTIONARY ROAD - on the highway to greatness! GRADE: A-PLUS

Last week I had the opportunity to attend the advance press screening of this EXCELLENTLY made/acted 2-hr mid-50s period movie starring Kate Winslet, Leonardo DiCaprio and Kathy Bates. Excellent...

Revolutionary Road

By millerjosh
Intense movie with great acting. Couple funny twists in an otherwise serious drama....

Book is sweeter

By sesabebop
The movie adaption did not do this story any justice. That said, the movie was very good and the actors were wonderful. I just didn't feel that it translated onto the screen very well....even...


By mirra
Beautiful movie, exploring the complex human relationships and emotions... Kate is amazing and so deserved her Golden Globe for best actress....

Wrong Revolution

By Iseeeverymovie
Great acting, so-so setting, something wrong with the story. It does not catch the era as well as it should. I think I blame the screen play and the art direction. We were saying the lines before...


By Daydream
Revolutionary Road left me speechless. This movie demonstrates acting at its finest. Kate Winslet, Leonardo Dicaprio, and Michael Shannon draw you into their Oscar worthy performances. We have to...

A dark masterpiece

By suzan_with_a_z
In quality of script, cinematography, acting, direction and music, this film is as good as it gets. But be warned: don't go see it when you're feeling depressed. It tells the story of a young...

Acting acapella

If you are looking for a happy ending this is not your movie. So many characters could have stood solely on their own in this piece. Kathy Bates as the realtor that brings over the plants complete...

Revolutionary Performances

By PrinceAndTheRevolution
Revolutionary Road is a very thought-provoking and deep film about the perceptions of marriage, happiness and self-sacrifice. The film causes much debate afterward about how individuals may sacrfice...

Went to a screening...

By anasong4 was very good. Disturbing a bit, but realistic. I hear the buzzings of Oscar coming for both of these characters, especially Leonardo Dicaprio....

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Rated R | For language and some sexual content/nudity
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Intense adult drama shocks but doesn't awe.
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